Sunday, December 2, 2012

[Guest Post] Arthurian Legend: A Loadstone by Cheryl Carpinello

Arthurian Legend: A Loadstone
by Cheryl Carpinello

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table never seem to lose their appeal to readers of all ages. When I talk about the Medieval Times with kids and adults, the talk centers around the exploits of the knights, heroes like King Arthur and Lancelot, and magic and Merlin. The stories of the knights with their quests, their, jousts, their rescuing of the damsels in distress, and their fighting for the underdog dominate the conversation. Never mind that in real life, knights weren’t always so gallant, and frequently only defended the underdog if he belong to the same or a higher social class. The King Arthur legend complete with the Knights of the Round Table has outgrown and overshadowed any historical truth.

Early in 2012, a survey conducted by English Heritage, an online preservation and tourist site for English history, found “that people’s curiosity for history and legends is still well and truly alive.” Remarkable considering that in today’s fast-paced, information-on-the-run world, a legend reaching as far back as 1136 in printed text by Geoffrey of Monmouth about a mythical king back in the 5th or 6th century still resonates with today adults and youth and shows no signs of abating. If anything, it is the cornerstones of the legend that continue to speak to the world and particularly the young. Packed into the Arthurian stories of quests, jousts, tournaments, and battles are the cornerstones of honor, loyalty, and friendship. These qualities are the loadstone for the entire legend, the magnet that pulls readers in.

The Young Knights are three kids who have become friends via their friendship with a beggar/vagabond called the Wild Man. Without the Wild Man, it is likely that they wouldn’t have met and become friends because they are from very different backgrounds. Eleven-year-old Gavin is the youngest prince of Pembroke Castle in southern Wales. Fifteen-year-old Bryan has been sent to Pembroke by his parents to learn to be a blacksmith. Thirteen-year-old Philip is an orphan who wandered into Pembroke village and lives and works at the church. Someone breaks into the king’s (Gavin’s father) treasury in Pembroke Castle and not only steals the medallion The King’s Ransom, but also kills the king’s advisor. Being a beggar/vagabond, the Wild Man is captured and charged with the crime. It doesn’t help that a bloody knife is found with his belongings. Gavin, Bryan and Philip believe in the innocence of their friend the Wild Man. They swear a knight’s oath of loyalty to the Wild Man and embark upon a quest to save him. Their individual quests will test their limits and force each to confront and conquer their fears or face humiliation and/or even death. Honor. Loyalty, Friendship.


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Genre – Arthurian Adventure
Rating – G

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me. It's a treat to stop by.

  2. I'm a nut for Arthurian legend. Thanks for the recommendation.


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